Mike Hubbard’s Premier Genistas: Mojo Working

Premier Genistas Kit Owned By Mike Hubbard

By Chris Williams Published July 2, 2010

Mike Hubbard shows us his unique sparkling green Premier Kit. Take a look at it for yourself and read the story on how he unexpectedly came across it.


  • 22" x 18" Bass
  • 14" x 12" Rack
  • 18" x 16" Floor

I call it my "bull dog kit" due to its stocky size and huge growl.


  • 14" x 5.5" 1970's grey Acrolite
  • 14" x 5.5" 1990's black sparkle Acrolite
  • 14" x 6.5" 1980's LM402 Supraphonic with P86 strainer and die cast top hoop
  • 14" x 10" 1990's Ludwig Classic Maple black lacquer with 12 classic long lugs and die cast top hoop
  • 13" x 7" Pork Pie Piglite Amber
  • 14" x 6" PDP Platinum maple in Black Oyster Glass


  • 15" Z3 Top/A Mastersound Bottom Hats
  • 20" A Custom Crash
  • 21" A Sweet Ride (for crashing)
  • 24" Paiste Giant Beat

Sticks: Vater Xtreme 5B wood tips

Heads: Remo coated Emperors on toms, Clear Ambassadors on bottoms. Snares get either Coated CS or Coated Ambassador X's on top, Ambassador Hazy snaresides, Puresound Blasters wires on all of them. Kick has a Aquarian Super Kick I on beater side, Remo Powerstroke 3 on the reso side with a Kick Port installed.

Hardware: DW5000 pedals, Hi Hat stand, cymbal stands.

This is my mid ’90s Premier Genistas in an awesome green sparkle lacquer that I like to call “Squashed Olive Sparkle.” I haven't been able to locate the actual name of the color in any of my research, or find another picture of it online anywhere but I did find a reference to a Rain Forest Sparkle in a Premier forum, but have not seen an example of it.

I scored this beauty when I was in my local drum shop (Drum Center of Portsmouth, New Hampshire) and I mentioned to the owner Shane that I was in the market for a decent beater kit to use with my new rock band, Cheap Leather, because I didn't want to drag my vintage 1968 Ludwig 22/13/16 WMP kit or my Classic Maple Bonham 26/14/16/18 kit around to the clubs in Boston. I was thinking of getting something newer, like a Ludwig Epic, Tama Starclassic, or PDP Platinum, but he stopped me short and pointed to this shell pack sitting on his shelf. It was a consignment kit that hadn't moved in a while, and as he put it "it has way more mojo than any of those new kits available." And he was right. We set it up on the floor — kick, thud, thud and it was all over. The best part - I got it for $500. I initially got it as a beater kit that I wouldn't have to worry about, but now that's changed. I absolutely love this kit.

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